Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 20 d, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 30 d, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 i xDrive, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 d, BMW X3 (E83) 2.0 d, BMW X3 (E83) 2.0 i, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 d, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 si, BMW X3 (E83) 2.5 si, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 sd, BMW X3 (E83) 2.0 sd, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 20 i, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 25 i, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 30 i, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 20 d, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 18 d, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 30 d, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 35 d, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 18 d, BMW X3 (E83) 2.5 si xDrive, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 si, BMW X3 (E83) 3.0 d, BMW X3 (E83) xDrive 25 i View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change rear suspension arm on BMW X3 E83 [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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Tools
Replacement: rear suspension lower control arm – BMW X3 E83. Tools you need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Torque wrench
Combination spanner #18
Drive socket # 18
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Pin punch
Hammer
Crow bar
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
Replacement: rear suspension lower control arm – BMW X3 E83. AUTODOC experts recommend:
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right lower control arms.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: rear suspension lower control arm – BMW X3 E83. Use the following procedure:
  1. Step 1
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
    Step 2
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  2. Step 3
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    Raise the rear of the car and secure on supports.
  3. Step 4
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Warning! To avoid injury, hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. BMW X3 E83
  4. Step 5
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    Remove the wheel.
  5. Step 6
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    Clean all joints of the arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  6. Step 7
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    Make a mark on the camber adjustment bolt.
  7. Step 8
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the control arm to the rear knuckle. Use a combination spanner #18. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  8. Step 9
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    Clean all joints of the arm. Use a wire brush.
  9. Step 10
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    Remove the fastening bolt. Use a drive socket #18. Use a crowbar.
  10. Step 11
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the control arm to the subframe. Use a drive socket #18. Use a crowbar.
  11. Step 12
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    Support the rear knuckle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  12. Step 13
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    Remove the fastening bolts. Use a pin punch. Use a hammer. Use a crowbar. Use a combination spanner #18.
  13. Step 14
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    Remove the arm.
  14. Step 15
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    Clean the mounting seats and the thread of the suspension arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  15. Step 16
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    Install a new arm.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: rear suspension lower control arm – BMW X3 E83. Use only new bolts and nuts for installation.Do not damage the ball joint cover.
  16. Step 17
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    Install the control arm fasteners. Use a combination spanner #18. Use a crowbar.
  17. Step 18
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    Adjust the position of the alignment bolt according to the mark.
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